VINEYARD AND WINE ART • GRAPES • MISSOURI LANDSCAPE ART
|Liquid Sunlight, 11 x 14, oil on hardboard|
"Wine is sunlight, held together by water." - Galileo
For the last ten years I have wanted to participate in the harvesting of wine grapes. That dream came true last month as several local wineries not only let me paint or photograph their vineyards but also let me help with the picking of six tons of Cynthiana grapes and the crushing/destemming of a half ton of Cabernet Franc grapes. Many wineries have volunteer days during harvest and I highly recommend it for anyone interested.
Back in the studio I committed to making September "Vineyard Month" as well. The painting above is from Michael Amigoni's just after sunrise. It was completed in one long and inspired session. The big wedge shape, impressionistic color (light) and expressive brushwork bring drama to a scene that could easily be overlooked.
|Ripe for Harvest, 16 x 20, oil on canvas Hidden Gold, 16 x 20, oil on canvas|